Globe South Commentary
Reviving Nantasket beach
RE “State aims to return the beach to Nantasket,” May 4: I have fond memories of being piled into the car with siblings and cousins in the 1940s and spending a wonderful day at Nantasket Beach. To us kids it seemed miles wide and stretched out forever at low tide. Even at high tide, there was plenty of sand to stretch out blankets and build sand castles. That was when the parking lot was primitive and unprotected by a hard concrete sea wall. There is definitely a connection. Nantasket Beach is a barrier beach. When hard sea walls and groins are constructed natural sand movement is obstructed. We will never learn.
I’ve seen beach reclamation projects in Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Naples, Fla.. Myrtle Beach used sand sucked up from the ocean floor and pumped onto the beach, raising it an average of 4 feet. Naples used sand by the truckloads to improve the beach. Both communities expect to do it every 10 to 15 years.
It must be nice having a proactive, rather than a reactive government.
Maynard G Crebbs
Something like this was done at Revere Beach in the 1990s. Why should it take 9 to 15 years to do this at Nantasket?
One storm and whoosh — $14 million down the drain.
But, think of the job creation. . .
A temporary fix.
Mother Nature always bats last.
Local toy stores are still standing
RE “Local shops outlast Toys ‘R’ Us, with mixed feelings,” May 3: As shop owner Deran Muckjian said in the story: The larger brands will start taking smaller stores like his more seriously now.
This is the silver lining. “Main street” toy stores will become more financially viable and plentiful.
Coming full circle.
As a customer of both Catch a Falling Star and Henry Bear’s Park, I’ve been very happy to have their small inventory when I need to get kids’ gifts. Long may they thrive!
This is probably the first article I’ve read in 2 years that was about retailing in the US and didn’t mention Amazon. But it probably should have, because I’d guess that’s where all the toy buyers have gone. It drove Toys R Us out of business just as surely as it drove Borders out of business. And whether it’s books or toys, the small, entrepreneurial, independent stores with local ties and great customer service survived, and thrived where big box stores couldn’t.
The thing unique to toys is that kids like to hold them and play with them. It’s how many parents help pick them out. If a kid likes it, they’ll likely play with it at home. Browsing a computer screen ain’t the same.
To all the small toy shops: This is the perfect opportunity to bring back quality toys, and get rid of the plastic [stuff] from China that you’ve been stocking your shelves with. Concord toy shop, once outstanding in this regard, has gone the way of Amazon in it’s selection. Bring back the durable toys that will outlast the weekly fads, and won’t contribute to the solid waste stream!
I think the small shops can survive, but choosing the best inventory is a real challenge. I like toys that kids will not only play with, but will help them develop and grow in ways that many common toys seem to fail [at]. I also like to find specialty puzzles for ourselves, which frequently means I want to look at the box and such before I buy it. I always try to shop local, have ever since the ’80s when I saw what WalMart and Starbucks were doing to local economies and the middle class.